Leaves are picked from the tea tree when the essential oil components are at their richest. Once collected, the oil is obtained via steam distillation. The oil smells warm, spicy, and fresh. The leaves that yield tea tree oil are also useful for keeping hair and skin clear and blemish-free. The oil has been scientifically proven to be antibacterial and antifungal.
Powdered Tea Tree is made by collecting the leaves and then drying and beating them into a powder. The powder contains the same benefits as the essential oil, creating an antibacterial and antifungal covering for the skin. For this reason we use it in Greeench deodorant, to absorb and limit the growth of body odour producing bacteria. Skin that has been subjected to imbalances due to overzealous deodorising products can be exposed to yeast infections due to a lack of protective microflora. Tea Tree powder is particularly effective against fungi we call yeasts, gently deodorising the skin giving microflora a chance to return.
Aboriginal tribes in Australia have been using the leaves of this plant as a medicinal tea and traditional remedy for many years. The foliage contains an abundance of aromatic essential oils. Some of the paperbark varieties are exploited commercially for the high germicidal value of the leaves and the oil extracted from them. The bark has been used for roofing, corking ships, and for lining baskets. Aboriginal women are said to have traditionally used this bark to wrap their children in, which acted as a kind of antiseptic protection against chills and bacteria.
Our supplier is based in Kenya and is committed to help local farmers and farms responsibly. We purchase tea tree leaf from them then pass it onto a company in the UK who mills it for us to create the powder.